New Winter Record for the Ramsay Round

Over Thursday 14th February and Friday 15th February Shane Ohly set a new winter record for the Ramsay Round in a time of 29:59:34 The previous winter record was 33:48:00 set by Gary Tompsett in 2003.

The Ramsay Round, established in 1978 by Charlie Ramsay from Edinburgh, is Scotland's Classic Mountain Marathon, covering a distance of 60 miles and 28,500 feet of climbing,

Shane Ohly sent us this account:

"My round was solo, unsupported and largely 'on-sight' as my recce efforts earlier in the winter were consistently thwarted by poor weather.

I chose to travel clockwise taking on Ben Nevis and the Aonachs first. I wanted to get the highest and most technical section of the round completed first, when I was fresh, and I also didn't fancy descending the stony path down Ben Nevis at the end of the round.

The first 10 hours or so were a joy. I chatted with walkers on the summits, felt fresh and was comfortably keeping under my sub 24 hour schedule. Then my body died. I've analysed my food wrappings and calculated I ate less than 5,000 calories the entire time I was out! I was basically 'bonked' for the last 2/3 of the round. I don't know why I stopped eating but it's something I need to think hard about before my next attempt. The last 1/3 of the round was truly painful. I was seeing sleepmonsters (think mythological creatures) and hearing music (despite being alone on the hills). In the final stages, cutting down through the forest near Achriabhach, I caught myself on some brambles and nearly burst into tears. As for winter conditions, I was hoping for the hills to be 'whiter' than they where. However, I am happy that the Round was sufficiently wintry and in keeping with the other winter rounds of the Ramsay.

I definitely believe that the Ramsay Round can be done in sub 24 hours in winter and I have already decided to have another go next year. The whole experience was fantastic with the long night section being particularly memorable....and cold!"

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20 Feb, 2008
// PS Good effort Shane!
20 Feb, 2008
Good effort! The only thing is that it wasn't very wintry if it was in the last few days.
20 Feb, 2008
Wow, that's a fine effort!
20 Feb, 2008
It's a winter round. 16 hrs or so in darkness, cold temps, some snow cover. And it's the fastest winter round ever. Superb effort. There can never be a standard winter round, so talk of records should be tapered a bit in winter as there's no standard round, all you can do is run your round and record your time and conditions. For example you can't compare JF's winter round with OS's, both incredible undertakings. On a year of no or little snow cover, a full moon and a stable high I don't doubt a supported sub 24 round is possible.
20 Feb, 2008
Oh yeah, definitely. Just saying that compared with Gary Thompsetts run it wasn't very wintry. I suppose it's like climbing Psychedelic wall early season in thin wall nick or end of season in fat ice slab nick - it's both a winter ascent.
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